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Hun Sen Urges Caution on Explosives


Prime Minister Hun Sen warned on Monday that terrorists could find their way to explosives from a newly opened cement factory if vigilance lapses.

Speaking at the opening of the $90-million factory in Kampot province, Hun Sen said terrorists needed explosives like those housed at the factory.

“The control of explosives must be carried out neatly, according to regulations,” he said.

His comments follow statements made by Cambodia’s national police chief that counterterrorism work with the FBI has been productive.

Cambodia has in recent years become a willing partner to the US in its counterterrorism efforts.

There are no known terrorist threats in Cambodia, although in 2003 it was discovered that a senior leader of the Islamic fundamentalist group Jemaah Islamiya had taken refuge in Cambodia before traveling to Thailand.

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